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📆 Disc Vs. Disc: The Ultimate #HappyPlanner Disc Size Guide!

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
― Albert Einstein

Hey guys! If you watched the “Why I Love HP” video, linked above, you know one of my fave features of the Happy Planner is the flexibility of their disc system. You might hear the term “rings” and that’s referring to the same thing. Some people like to call them “rings” even though on the MAMBI website it is technically calls them “discs” but to me they’re the same thing so I never bother to correct people because at the end of the day it’s just not worth it.

Speaking of the MAMBI website, as you can see, they have a TON of choices to choose from!!!

How is a Happy Planner supposed to choose?

Well, that’s what this post is for! The ultimate guide to Happy Planner discs. So stay tuned to the end to see them all! Because I mean them ALL! And don’t forget to hit subscribe to join Claire’s Club and hit the bell so you don’t miss one of my new videos posted M-F!

Before we get to the discs, and oh are we going to get to the discs! Let’s first cover the SIZES of the PLANNERS themselves. Because that will help everything make more sense.

So there’s a few different sizes to choose from:

1. Micro (new in 2019) –> 4 mini discs
2. Mini –> 7 mini discs (but you can use the regular discs to expand your planner!)
3. Classic –> 9 regular or expander size discs
4. BIG –> 11 regular or expander size discs
The same sizes apply to the “Happy Notes” too.

[bctt tweet=”FEW that’s a LOT of choices right there! Begs the question … how is a #HappyPlanner to choose?” username=”clairecre8tes”]

Well, I suggest by asking what size planner you want. That depends on what you’re going to use it for!

Some people like the smaller sizes for travelling. The BIG Happy Planner is great for teachers or people with very busy schedules. Me? I’m still obsessed with the Classic Happy Planner with the EXPANDER rings because I love a CHUNKY planner!

I also have a mini that I keep in the car to track my miles as an Uber driver. Or I do when I remember to do so!

So the possibilities are truly endless!

Here’s a close up of each of the discs! I’m 99.999999% sure the mini discs fit the “micro” planner too. As I don’t personally yet own a “micro” planner, I can’t say for certain! But I’m pretty sure because on the shop, they do not have a page for the Micro discs!

So here we go! Onto the discs!

1. Mini Metal (Micro + Mini)
2. Medium Metal (Classic + BIG)
3. Medium Expander Metal (Chunky Classic + BIG Chunky)
4. Mini Plastic Discs (Micro + Mini)
5. Medium Plastic Discs (Classic + BIG)
6. Medium Expander Plastic Discs (Classic Chunky + BIG Chunky)

As mentioned, what size to choose from depends on what you PLAN on using the PLANNER for. See what I did there?

But there will be another video on some ideas for planner uses coming soon, so hit subscribe because Wednesday’s are Planner Talk Wednesday’s! If you’re obsessed with all things planners like I am, hit subscribe so you don’t miss out!

And check out my weekly newsletter at ClaireCre8tes.com/ClairesClub for weekly inspiration and ideas!

That’s all for today y’all, don’t forget to conquer busyness + do more! If you need help with the conquering busyness part, make sure you visit my services page to hire me to be your personal planner! There’s 24 hours to make your dreams come true and it is possible!

But until next time, happy planning!

Claire

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⏳How to Be Creative When You’re ~#SOBusy~!

Hey guys! Happy Monday!

You know, I’m in the business of time. My obsession with time came from my research of time travel, I had to research — or attempt to research — temporal physics for my time travel novel the Quest of the Prodigy. And let me tell you, that’s a true headache in the making, trying to understand temporal physics!

But the thing is, you don’t need to be an expert in temporal physics to master the time you have on Earth. And that’s why I got in the business of time management! Because I believe EVERYONE is deserving to have a well balanced and creative life.

And that’s just it, isn’t it? Balance.

Deep down we already know how to have that so called balance. We know how to squeeze creativity into your day. But what ifI told you: you can work your day AROUND creativity! No time travel necessary!

While it’ll take more than one post to show you how, let me tell you: #creativeproblems no more is possible! By working your day around creativity, you’ll feel ten times more satisfied with each day! Here’s four actionable steps to get you started!

These steps are designed to get you in the creative spirit, so you can spend less time worrying about not being creative and more time doing!

Step 1) Get Passionate!!!

A. Surround yourself with your fave things! Make a list of things that make you happy. If you can, fill the room with as much of them as possible. This will spark creativity just by moving your eyeballs around the room! When you’re happy, you’re more creative!

What makes you happy? Listing them down is helpful! Keep your “happy list” handy so when you’re feeling down or discouraged you can refer back to that list and be reminded how much in the world doesn’t suck!

B. Talk about Creativity on Twitter!

Talking about creativity is an amazing way to spark some creativity. If you’re like me and don’t have any creative friends in real life, Twitter is an amazing community to get involved with! Like when I’m in a rut for my writing, tweeting about #AmWriting always gets me inspired! The best part about using Twitter is there’s a hashtag for everything! If you’re more of a visual person, Instagram is also a great choice to get your creativity vibe going!

It’s very therapeutic to discuss what you love on Twitter. Remember that happy list you made? You can talk about anything on there, too! Doesn’t have to be just about your current projects. Having a community of people who love the same things as you makes your “weird” activity (like writing) feel totally normal! And trust me, having a support community is so, so invaluable!
If you don’t know how to start on Twitter, the best thing is to simply jump right in! Twitter is my fave because every conversation tweeted is an open invitation to either ReTweet (share) or Comment. There’s no pressure or anything like that! Whatever your passion, there’s almost a guarantee there’s a community behind it (or hashtag) and if not — you can start your own!

C. And then, if you’re still feeling stuck … remember why you started! You started for a reason. Something, some kind of spark struck a cord with you! Some memory of when you first was introduced to the thing you love to do! Recall that memory. Recall that feeling. That feeling of first discovery is so, so important. And the best part is, it doesn’t have to go away. You can reflect on that feeling any time you want! And I find when I’m in a creative rut, reflecting on that first spark always gets me motivated!

Step 2) Right Playlist = Right Mood!

Create a playlist via Spotify, Apple Music or Pandora that’s *just* for your creativity! Music is a huge asset when it comes to getting in the right headspace for your project. For example, every story I’m working on, one of the first things I do is create a playlist for that particular project! I imagine my project as if a TV show or movie, and my playlist is the soundtrack. And then, when I get stuck, all I have to do is listen to that playlist to get back into the spirit! It doesn’t always work, because creative block is real. But it certainly helps the majority of the time!

What kind of music gets you in the creative groove? Drop a comment and let’s chat!

Step 3) Set Realistic Goals!

So, I feel like this one is self explanatory, but I also feel like this is a lesson that’s easily forgotten. Like I feel that it’s rather easy on social media to feel like we have to “one up” each other on “doneness”. Productivity is not a competition. Productivity is not a game. Productivity is not a race. Productivity is a sprint. And your only competition is yourself! But just enjoy the process. Focus on what you’re achieving, day by day. After all, comparison is the thief of joy! Another lesson that’s easily forgotten. Just work on your project a little bit at a time. Even twenty minutes a day is better than nothing! Not only will that help you create good creative habits, but it will also help you improve your talent!

Step 4)Feel Physically Good!

Speaking of good habits, feeling good is imperative to being creative. Whether it’s eating right, working out or simply wearing comfortable clothing; feeling good is important to the creative mind. It bestows confidence on you and gives you energy. Try journaling on how you’re feeling each day, so you can keep track of what kind of activities or behaviors makes you feel the best.

And that’s it for today! Obviously a lot to talk about this subject, so check out my website if you need a helping hand on balancing your life! Because my productivity services are totally affordable and will be the game-changer you need to get your shit together! I believe in you! You got this! But having a little help goes a long way on preserving your sanity & energy! Let’s work together!

And don’t forget to hit subscribe to join Claire’s Club! New videos every weekday! Let’s chat in the comments your go-to-tips for getting into the creative spirit when stressed by your to-do-list!

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My Graduation Speech to My 2008 Self! What I Wish Someone Would’ve Told Me About Fear!


Friends! Romans! Countrymen! Oops, sorry, wrong introduction am I right?


Hi Claire! This is Claire! You’re future you! The graduation speech to yourself that the laws of physics will never able to allow! But, luckily, on the Internet anything is possible! Even giving speeches to yourself from ten years ago!



Hey, Past Claire! You know, some days I’m really disappointed in you. You’ve let the uncertainties of life dictate your career choice. You didn’t want to go into education, because at the time you were looking into it, you also were reading news headlines of massive teacher strikes and you were worried about job security.



Don’t let the news scare you.


You wanted to be an English major, specifically Shakespeare, but you were worried about what jobs could fall under that category.


Don’t let unknown possibilities scare you.


You thought about sales. You were amazing at sales! In 2008, you were the top third salesperson in the country at New Balance Shoes! Your secret sauce was actually *listening* to the customer!



But you didn’t want the compounding pressure and worried about making numbers every month or year drive you crazy.


Don’t let manager’s expectations scare you.
You didn’t want to do anything with a lot of math and science. Because you were always told you weren’t smart, even by some teachers, and you were scared they might be right.


To this day, we still kind of think that deep down.


Don’t let your haters scare you.


So you decided to be an author. You were a bit scared of not being good enough, because we kind of suck at grammar. Like, a lot! Also, you hid who you were for years. Because you were scared about what they would say based on presumptions and stereotypes.


Don’t let their misunderstandings scare you.


You got yourself publishe. And yeah, your book flopped. Got terrible reviews. Said it was as if written by a sixth grader they did! No matter how much money and time we spent on editing! And you were just about to give up on that, too.


Don’t let negative feedback scare you.


So here is the real advice:
  1. Don’t let fear control you.
  2. Don’t pretend to be someone else to conform.
  3. Spend your money wisely.
  4. Spend your time even more wisely.
  5. Don’t worry so much about being perfect.
  6. Don’t write a story based on what you think readers want, they’ll hate it.
  7. Work hard.
  8. Spread kindness.
  9. Don’t let mentors’ voices get in your head.
  10. Be the own voice in your head.


You keep going, even when you’re scared. You keep going even when you know it won’t make a difference. Because that’s where you’re wrong, inner-voice-Claire.
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Would I do anything different? I say I would. But truth is, I’ve been living the same life for so long, I don’t think I’d really change as much as I said I would have done things way different. It’s always hindsight.
But that doesn’t mean my future can’t change. Just because I’ve wasted the last decade, and really the last TWO decades based on what I was worried would happen or what other people led me to believe … doesn’t mean we can waste another ten more years doing the same.


It is time to embrace my true Self, loud and proud! I am a Geek. I am weird. I am a Creative. And I’m obsessed with time. I’m not going to try to be something I’m not, anymore. I’m not going to try and be “normal”.


So if you’re just graduating, or have had graduation on your mind being the time of year of Grad parties, do your past Self a favor and start living the life you dreamt of during your graduation! You owe it to yourself! And if you already are, congratulations! That’s the true graduation gift: living the life you promised yourself all those years ago!


So what advice would you give your past Self at graduation? Share in the comments and let’s chat! Thanks for watching!
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How to Be a #Writer? You Already Are One! #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

Well technical difficulties and migraines inspired this late post! But it still counts as a #MondayBlog right? #BurningtheMidnightOil

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“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Food critic Anton Ego, Ratatouille

While Ratatouille is probably my least fave Pixar movie (I did not enjoy the whole rats steal food & guilting humans for being sanitary thing); there was a core message of the movie that I loved.

Anyone can cook.

While I disagree with the second part of the quote, anyone can cook but not everyone can be great; the first part is incredibly inspiring.

And I’ve always thought the same could be said with creativity. Specifically, writing. Because that’s my personal fave. But really, any form of creativity is possible with everyone and anyone.

So is that actually possibly true that indeed everyone can write? And I mean, everyone! Anyone who can read and write in their native language I believe has the power to be a writer. And if they can’t read or write, I still believe they have a story to be told also, even if they can’t write it down themselves.

I suppose the first basis to quantify the theory is to define what writing is itself.

Putting random words together just to take up blank page space, is not writing.

One definition of the word “write” is very inspiring to me:

Verb Phrases
write down ,
to set down in writing; record; note.

Record.

This is why I argue everyone is a writer already. Everyone has senses, experiences and emotions worthy of being recorded. And in a sense, that’s all writing really is anyway. A record.

We romanticize and glorify the act of writing. I’m not really sure why. Maybe because when we do write, it feels like the ideas come from somewhere else. Like a higher being. But as I mentioned in the ‘How to be Creative’ video which I’ll link above, that’s not true. Your ideas come from … well, you.

Technology has made it even easier than ever. Even if one cannot afford the latest word processor, Scrivener, Final Draft and other premium writing software … if you have a computer, you can write. If you don’t have a computer, there’s still good ol’ pen and paper! Many community libraries even offer free access to computers, so if you were determined, you can handwrite everything first, and then type it there if you don’t have your own computer.

When people say “Oh I could never be a writer. I suck at writing.” I disagree with that statement. Completely.

[bctt tweet=”I believe that everyone has the potential to be a great writer. The reason they think they suck at it, they just haven’t found something to write about that makes them passionate.”]
Once you find your favorite thing to write about, you might find you cannot stop!

Unfortunately, no one can tell you what your fave thing to write about it is. You have to experiment. Like my least fave thing to write about is horror. And I didn’t discover that until I worked on a horror project, which I’m still working on. I had to shelve it because it disturbed me so much, creeped me out to the point where I wanted to vomit. But after working on the second draft of that project, I’m finding it a little easier to swallow.
Now you don’t need to write a whole project of different genres and subjects. So here’s an assignment for you to find out what your fave topic to write about it is. Don’t worry, I promise you have time for it because it’ll only take a couple of minutes.

Take out your planner or notepad and pour your fave drink. Put on some relaxing music or music that gets you motivated. LoFi is a great option because it somehow both relaxes you and gets you pumped up at the same time. The point is to get you relaxed. This is creating you a pressure free zone. No deadlines. No one to judge you. Just you and the space you’ve just created for yourself. Maybe it’s at a cafe, or your fave spot at your park. The point is, make the space truly YOURS.

Don’t start writing right away.

Try to relax if you can.

Feel the seat beneath you. Let your ears hear every noise, or lack of if silence. Hear the hum of the AC. The twirling of the fan. The neighbor’s dog barking. The neighbor’s diesel truck running annoyingly for 20 minutes straight because they’re morons. The beat of the music turning up to drown out the neighbors. Nevermind them, this is YOUR space. Don’t check your phone. Turn off your notifications. This is your space. Pretend it’s a Doctor Who episode and checking your phone will kill you or cause the end of the world in 20 minutes.

Once you’ve found your space, and you can feel yourself not thinking about anything at all. Not your next appointment. Not your to-do-list. Just try to think of nothing at all.

Then, when you feel you’ve done that, make a list. Doesn’t have to be long. You and only you will know how long the list will be. The point is to be relaxed while you’re writing it.

If you can, write at least ten different topics. Then think about how you feel each one. You don’t have to make a notation about your thoughts towards each topic, but you can if you want.
See if you gravitate to any topics you’ve written. If not, try to write ten more.

Chances are, the first few topics you’ve jotted down, are subconsciously your fave.

And if you like, you can try writing 500 words on that subject. And then 500 more.

Soon, you’ve got yourself a basic story or recording of that topic.

Does that mean it’ll be well written right away?

Well, no. Writing well takes time and practice. But it means you’ve found something you love to write about. And then you just might find, you do not in fact suck at writing. You just haven’t found something worth writing about. And that my friend, is a colossal difference.

Well that’s all for today. Thanks so much for joining me at Claire’s Club today! To join simply hit subscribe and I’ll catch you on the next one!

Thanks again and remember to make time for your passions!

 

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#Twitter #Notifications … Are They Useful or Annoying? #SocialMediaTip

Hey guys! Welcome back to Claire Cre8tes where we believe in passing creativity on. And you know, a great place for creativity, is TWITTER! 😀

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I’ve been around Twitter, since 2010. And although I only have 5,000 followers, which for nine years might not seem like a whole lot of followers … but to be honest, I didn’t join Twitter to gain tons and tons of followers. I joined Twitter because my friend @JetLBomb told me it was a great place to connect with writers, and connect to other people who love talking about writing and to share your ideas.

So I was like: “oh, that sounds awesome! And it’s free you say? Sign me up!” So I totally did!

Since 2010 there’s been TONS of userhandles I’ve had over the years because remember I said I was that friend who can’t make up her mind? Yeah, that applied to Twitter too! But for right now, and it looks like it’s here to stay; I’m @ClaireCret8es.

Even after all these years, I still LOVE Twitter! Seriously, it’s one of my fave things on the Internet!

Last year Twitter quietly rolled out an update on a feature called “mobile notifications”.

That means that if you go to somebody’s profile on your phone or desktop, and select the little bell (similar to the bell on YouTube); you can select “all notifications” or “video notifications”.

Honestly, I wish Twitter had more segments that you can choose what type of notifications you can choose from. To be honest, I’m not quite sure the usefulness of “video notifications”. If you have suggestions for the handiness of this feature, please share in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you use this feature and maybe change my mind that it’s actually a way cool feature to use.

But for now, as of the timing of this posting (April 25, 2019); you can only select those two notifications.

“All Notifications” is super useful because Twitter doesn’t make it easy to remember who you follow the most, who replies to you the most … that kind of thing. You have to go through a third party app to that. Same with Instagram.  So it’s really frustrating to remember who you engage the most with. At least for me, who has a horrible memory with names. While I never forget a face, names are like very difficult for me to keep track of. As are dates.

But the notifications feature has been around since July 2018. And the question remains: is it useful or annoying to have the notifications enabled?

At first I was really excited for this feature. I plugged on ANYONE who talked about Doctor Who, I plugged on Gary Vee for some daily motivation, my fave Doctor Who account (one of my faves!) Women of Who, and Wendy, and others who constantly and brilliantly tweet about Doctor Who.

And for a while, it was GREAT!

I say for a while because as soon as Season 11 premiered in October, I totally freaked out because I was so paranoid about spoilers.

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I was really concerned about spoilers, afraid that everything would be revealed before I had a chance to watch it. And I agree with River Song that spoilers are bad. I was especially paranoid of spoilers because I don’t have cable, and I don’t have BBC America. So I have to wait until the next day to buy the new episode on Amazon. And I truly was concerned that I’d have everything ruined for me. I didn’t want anything spoiled for me at all.

So I avoided checking news sites, I avoided checking Facebook and everything!

I was especially concerned with all the notifications that I had turned on a few months before the new season, especially since most of my Timeline is Doctor Who fans. I thought what am I going to do?

So what I did was turn off ALL notifications under the app setting of my iPhone. Because I couldn’t remember who I had turned on notifications. Like I said, I went crazy with the feature when it first came out because I thought it was great at first. And it was! But it’s not so great if you want to avoid spoilers of your fave TV show, lol.

I had to turn off the badges, I had to turn off the drop screen notifications, I turned them ALL off. So while Doctor Who was on, I wasn’t getting anyone’s Tweets at all. It was a strange feeling.

But you know what I realized?

It was kind of nice! *exhale deep, zen breath*

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It was ALMOST serene. Almost, because you know, social media is still always noisy.

But yeah, it still felt like kinda a nice break.

Since then, though, I have left OFF my Twitter notifications. It’s true.

To this day, I still don’t miss them! I know, I’m surprised too.

So are Twitter notifications “annoying”?

Welllllllllll … for ME they were because I didn’t want any spoilers of Doctor Who.

But if you’re not worried about spoilers or anything like that, they can be SUPER useful.

Think about it. During basketball season you can turn on notifications of all your teams! If you’re looking for a certain, let’s say news story like politics you can follow all your fave politicians. It can be super, SUPER useful.

However, you can also go a little overboard on the notifications without even realizing it like I did, lol!

So are they annoying though? Well, I recommend checking them out and giving them a try! That way you can see if it’s right for you for a little bit. I also recommend making some type of list of maybe your top five, ten, twenty of the people on Twitter you interact with the most on a regular basis. That way you remember their username if you decide to turn off notifications in the future.

It’s easy for the notifications to get overwhelming especially with how fast Twitter moves. It’s like when I go on Facebook, it feels super sluggish because I’m so used to Twitter!

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But in general, the notification bell is a great tool. It just can also be overwhelming. I still LOVE Twitter though, I have since 2010. While there have been years where I’ve not been on Twitter at all, I still go back to it regularly. The GIF’s are my fave part of Twitter! Finding the right gif to respond to a Tweet just feels like pure magic.

It’s a big fun platform, Twitter. So make sure you sign up if you haven’t already!

It can be a very scary place if you don’t like to be judged. So I recommend to stay out of the political section of Twitter if that’s not your thing! But there’s also AMAZING communities and people on board Twitter. It’s incredible!

Unfortunately, though, we’ve accepted a culture where it’s acceptable to be totally rude to someone you disagree with instead of trying to work together with them and seeing their point of view. I would totally love a culture shift where we work together despite our different political views. But sadly, I don’t see that happening any time soon. Just have to make an effort to be kind ourselves! Anyway, that could be a topic for another day.

I could seriously talk about Twitter all day.

In conclusion, I recommend to try Twitter notifications for a week and see how it suits you. If you feel like you’re going crazy with all the notifications (I recommend sound off), then go ahead and turn off the notification feature via the app setting. But if you find yourself loving it, it just might be the coolest feature of Twitter!

How do you stay organized on Twitter? Share in the comments and let’s chat!

Happy Creating,

Claire